Massachusetts has a higher vaccination rate than Denmark. Why are students playing trumpets through surgical masks?

Anthony LaMesa
4 min readSep 21, 2021

It’s time for states with high vaccination rates to get back to normal.

Earlier this month, Danish health officials announced that Covid-19 is no longer “a socially critical disease” and lifted almost all restrictions, including a mask mandate for public transit.

More than 80% of people above the age of 12 in the Scandinavian country have had the two shots, leading the Danish government to declare as of midnight it no longer considers Covid-19 a “socially critical” disease.

Now, Norwegian health officials are moving in the same direction.

Last week the Ministry of Health and Social Care asked the NIPH to assess whether Covid-19 was still a dangerous disease.

While the NIPH has yet to return its findings, its assistant director has made it clear that the danger of Covid will be downgraded.

Covid could now be compared in severity with the likes of colds and flu because the vast majority of those at most risk of developing severe disease when infected are now fully vaccinated.

“This is because the vast majority of those at risk are protected,” Bukholm explained.

“And although the infection is still circulating, hospital numbers remain low. Thus, the coronavirus will not lead to a heavy burden on…